Silva League Middle Distance, Elite 2
I still have a cold, but I just couldn't sit around doing nothing anymore! Plus, it's a lot better. Coughing a ton in the beginning of the race, and could hear the air whistling in and out of my congested chest. How pleasant. But then about halfway through it was much better.
A bit of a messy race. I did some things really well, but I also think I got a bit lucky. 2, 3 and 4 I didn't have a good enough plan and didn't visualize well. 2 was short enough that I could bump into it after zigzagging. 3, though, was almost a disaster. Tried to read the contours on the way there, but there were so many bumps that it was hard to tell what was what. Got a bit lucky here - stayed on my compass, tried to read what I could and stopped when I had gone far enough, even though I wasn't pace counting. Thought, "Hm, that's a nice reentrant in front of me. Looks like it could be right..." and it was. Phew.
4 was a bit of a mess. Didn't have a good plan. Wanted to see the swamp, but didn't. But then decided that I could see the bent hill with the cliffs, and I did. So climbed the hill, but then I was visualizing the circle all wrong. For some reason I just couldn't figure out where the reentrant was in the circle and I couldn't make it make sense in my head. I should have aimed for the hill the reentrant is in. Instead I was trying to aim for the flat area below the reentrant. So, I drifted to the right and ended up in the flat area to the right, which is similar looking, but not quite right direction wise. Figured it out after a bit of messing around. Lost about 1.30
5 started well and I had a good plan. But then coming in from the seniopen and the rocks I had a really bad angle and ended up hitting the green swamp. Turned, saw a control, ran towards it and it was the wrong code. Hm. Walked away a bit, scanning the woods. Where could I be? Searched the map for the control I was just at - it looked like it was a on a charcoal burning platform. Search, search... wait, my control is on a charcoal burning platform... go back, and realize that I read the code for 6, not 5. Oh man.
6, couldn't compass, ended up at the small swamp to the right of the big boulder, which had a control on it. Ug.
7, yay for ability to compass and read boulders correctly.
8 was just ridiculous. It's an over 200m leg, with nothing but white along the way - no rocks, no contours, nothing! I tried, I really did, but I missed, hit the trail beyond it and had to come back.
The rest went well, and I was fast at the end, so had energy despite the cold.